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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. The Angry Buddhist is a well put together story, moves along at a good pace and kept me increasingly interested - all qualities I like in a novel and don't always find. While on the surface it seems to be just a political caper with criminal edges, there is a satisfying level of insight from a collection of well developed characters and their interlocking relationships. It's fun, surprising and serious all at once. Would make a great movie. Very entertaining. One person found this helpful.

I agree with "Bob" regarding the typo's and other errors, including one scene that begins with Randall planning his first campaign visit to a golf club, then three pages later, the event is described as a visit to a senior center. This felt half done, slapped out without a lot of thought.

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The plot is nonsensical, which may be the point, but with weakly drawn characters, and little tension I never became engaged in the book and finished it with the same sense of disengaement I imagined the author felt writing this. Intriguing story of sibling rivalry political machinations and a myriad of emotions: anger, hatred, resentment loneliness and frustrations political and personal. At times the story dragged a bit but it's a good worthwhile read. I'm a big fan of Europa Editions and have enjoyed everything I've read published by them.

I'm looking forward to picking up a few more treasures at the Brooklyn book festival. Greenland is a terrific writer, and I enjoyed this book very much, although maybe not quite as much as his previous novel, The Shining City. Here he tells the story of political shenanigans on the run up to an election for Congress. The story focuses on the Duke brothers -- Randall, the Congressman, Jimmy, an ex-cop who got kicked off the force and is now working for the DA's office, and Dale, the youngest brother an ex-con just out of jail whose career as a criminal got its start when he took the rap a crime his oldest brother committed so that Randall's promising career wouldn't be derailed.

Added to that mix are Randall's wife, Kendra, who had a weekend affair with a young woman, and Hard Marvin, the chief of police who fired Jimmy, and who strikes up an extra-marital affair with the young woman who had the brief fling with Kendra. Greenland does satire with just the right mix of humanity and humor. He gets to skewer American politicals by showing the cynical, and often criminal maneuverings Randall and his chief aide committ in order to hold on to power.

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And he makes the political shenanigans going on in this southern Californian races see very topical because Jimmy's opponent is a Sarah Palin-character, a demagogue whose chief drawing card is her beauty. Jimmy is the moral compass here, and everyone around him is rather despicable. Things take a very violent turn in the middle of the novel, as Nadine, the lover of Kendra and Hard Marvin tries to blackmail them both and then pays a heavy price for it.

Watching how the characters deal with it, is enough to make you depressed about how rotten American politics is. Throughout the novel, we get updates from an anonymous blogger who skewers all the parties, revealing how shallow and manipulative they are.

It's nice to see that for all their hypocrisy, one party is pulling the curtain aside to show the public just how tainted the entire process is. It's not a novel that wraps everything in a neat bow, but it's a brutally honest look at how corrupt our political system has become. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and not least because I live in Southern California and am viscerally aware of the blistering, mind-numbing heat in the desert.

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I loved all of the sociopathic characters and the plot kept me turning the pages. I didn't notice the minutiae like typos. Greenland is a brilliant writer! Go to Amazon. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. By the end of The Angry Buddhist, I was wondering if its lowlife characters -- who include ex-cons, call girls, corrupt police, a gun-for-hire, a blackmailer, a dog- and kidnapper, two rival politicians, and their spouses and aides -- didn't live in the unforgiving desert of California, would they be less harsh and callous and nutsy?

No wonder the would-be Buddhist of the title is angry. While I read this novel John Edwards' trial was underway and the parallels between reality and the book's plot amazed me. Happily, the novel is grounded by an ironic mystery-blogger who serves to remind the reader that the author is fully in control of his hardscrabble desert rabble.

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Staff Reviews By the end of The Angry Buddhist, I was wondering if its lowlife characters -- who include ex-cons, call girls, corrupt police, a gun-for-hire, a blackmailer, a dog- and kidnapper, two rival politicians, and their spouses and aides -- didn't live in the unforgiving desert of California, would they be less harsh and callous and nutsy?

Description Seth Greenland's timely novel is a smart and darkly amusing dissection of the American political establishment in all its sordid glory. Set in the hardscrabble California desert community of Desert Hot Springs and the manicured enclave of Palm Springs, the novel lives at the intersection of the political dissaray of today.